A Place at the Table
2013
Using personal stories, this powerful doc illuminates the plight of the 49 million Americans struggling with food insecurity. A single mother, a small-town policeman and a farmer are among those for whom putting food on the table is a daily battle.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

This documentary doesn't say anything new if you're already somewhat well read on the subject, but hearing and seeing the human suffering caused by widespread hunger in our own neighborhoods packs an emotional wallop. The film begs a simple question: Considering the low cost of food against all of America's wealth and prosperity, why is food for everyone who lacks it not guaranteed as a basic right? Food is the most essential thing to basic survival that anyone can require, and yet staggering numbers of Americans go without it far too often. This is an easily solvable problem and yet far too little is done about it. This is not the feel-good movie of the year, but it's definitely worth seeing and thinking about. I hope that systemic changes in our society someday make it obsolete.

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